May 12, 2016, 8:23 pm
Tim Duncan scored 19 points on 7-of-14 shooting with five rebounds and one block in the Spurs’ season-ending Game 6 loss to the Thunder on Thursday.
Duncan had some rough plays that were vital in the game but he and his teammates carried themselves with class and fought all the way to the end, making it briefly interesting after being down by 26 points late in the game. There will be talk about Duncan and Manu Ginobili’s potential retirement, and discussion about where the Spurs go from here as a result. More money has been lost betting against them than any other team in recent memory.
Kawhi Leonard looked slow and was ominously left out of the defensive game plan and that could have been due to a knee injury suffered in Game 5, but he still finished with 22 points on 9-of-23 shooting, nine boards, five assists and three steals. He’ll be an MVP candidate next season and beyond. Tony Parker (six points, three assists) got bottled up and the Spurs will probably look at potential upgrades there. Still, this was one of the best regular season teams in history and it’s a testament to the talent of the Thunder that they were able to top them.